26 Sep 2014
Loughborough’s highly successful Innovation and Enterprise MOOC to run again
In partnership with FutureLearn, the free online course “Innovation and Enterprise” run by the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education (GCEE) at Loughborough University is set to go live for a second time this year.
Attracting more than 13,000 participants when it launched in April this year, the six-week course (MOOC), run by the GCEE at the School of Business and Economics, will begin again in October.
Phil Wilkinson-Blake, Director of IT and e-Learning and FutureLearn Project Leader for the University, said:
“The University's commitment to delivering high-quality online learning has been demonstrated through the Innovation and Enterprise MOOC and will continue to raise our profile globally. Our partnership with FutureLearn has ensured that our online teaching is delivered on a high-profile platform with excellent technical support.”
Dr Julie Holland, Director of the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education and programme director for the MOOC, said:
“When we launched in April, we were thrilled by how many registrations we had! Learners came from 137 countries, and a number of our own students took part in their spare time.
“As a result of their positive experience, we won the Loughborough Academic Award for e-learning. Our MOOC project was also nominated for the National Educators Award at the 2014 International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference.”
Building on the success of high-volume registrations and overwhelmingly positive participant post-course feedback, the delivery format and objectives of the second iteration of the MOOC remain largely unchanged: the course will last for six weeks and is aimed at foundation and undergraduate-level students.
New to version two is the introduction in Week five of a Google Hangout whereby students will get the chance to ask questions about funding issues for entrepreneurs.
“Loughborough University students will benefit from the MOOC,” added Julie, “as considerable amounts of high-quality, on-line teaching material have been incorporated into our own modules on entrepreneurship and innovation management.”
In addition, MOOC resources for promoting and teaching about entrepreneurship and small business start-up, are supporting the School’s Small Business Charter work following the Business Charter Award presented to the school earlier this summer.
To view the course trailer and sign up online visit: www.futurelearn.com/partners/loughborough-university